Toy Theme

Toy Theme is a GREAT topic to start the new year with.

Xmas has just been and gone so the kids will be eagre to talk about, and show their newly aquired toys. So bring on the ideas and start planning your Toy Topic!

A toy box of surprises!!

                   Start with a story!

This has become my mantra!

Find the right book for your teaching theme! Then forget the intro's and questions just sit down with the kids and read,    Your obvious love of the story will be infectious ad the kids will be all ears! 

I ve written a few more pointers about reading or telling stories to children. See below. 

                  TIPS ON HOW TO READ ALOUD  

Reading aloud is an art and can influence the childrens love of literature for the rest of their lives. So we must get it right!         

 Here are 4 pointers which I found worked for me.

  1. Read the book in advance so you know what's coming!

  2. Choose a book that your children can relate to.

  3. Enjoy what you read and put lots of expression into your voice and where appropiate make funny faces!

  4. Involve the children in the story! Let them join in with the repetitive bits and wherever possible get them to do some actions too.

The book I chose to begin my Toy Theme was a book called Dogger by Shirley Hughes. Its a delightful story about a little boy who loses his favourite toy and the sacrifice his sister makes to get it back.

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  DOGGER by Shirley Hughes

Once you have read the book you can now start the topic 'Toy Theme!'

Begin by asking the children what their favourite toy is. Ask them why it is special and what they would feel like if it was stolen or lost?

Then they could draw a picture of it and write a short description underneath. This could become a class pin board display  OUR FAVOURITE TOYS.

Now make a list of synonyms for the emotion word 'sad'  This could include miserable or glum. See how long trhey can keep going and count the number of words you have collected at the end.

Next, talk about what Bella did for Dave. Would they give something precious away to make someone else feel happy? 

Then do the same as you did for the word sad, except this time do it for the emotion word 'happy'. They could say cheerful or contented or even joyful. Then see if the happy synonyms topped the sad ones!  

This is a good way of extending their vocabulary and encouraging them to look for different and more interesting adjectives to include in their writing.

Play this game with lots of other words too.

OR use it as a time filler for those few spare minutes before break or before going home .

Linking Words 

This is a fun idea for your Toy Theme which links toys with names. Start by thinking of a toy. A ball for example. Now think of a name that starts with the same letter as ball.So that might be Brian. If you have someone in the class whose name begins with 'B' that's even better.

So we have a Ball for Brian. What about a train? 

We could have a Train for Tim etc 

Once they get the hang of it they can see how many they can think of by themselves. They might like to draw the toy and write the caption underneath. 

Design an Advert for your Toy Theme

Persuasive writing seems to have crept into the curriculum of late and is, I have to admit, a valuable lesson in getting an idea across  

Persuasive writing seems to be part of the curriculum these days. Only I find it difficult to implement with younger children.

SO I ve designed my own version of it which I can adapt to all kinds of themes! I decided to challenge the children to make an advert for their favourite toy or game. 

Start by looking at adverts for toys and games and discuss with the children what it is that attracts them to that particular advert. Is it the colours or the text or the characters that appeal to them? 

Make a list of all the things they love about their favourite toy.

Take it in turns to describe their toy to the class without saying what it is and let the children try and guess what toy you have described. Remind them to pick the important things out like 'Is it electronic?' or 'Does it have fur?'

Tell the children about 'Bossy verbs' The verbs that tell you to do something. For example Buy this!  or  'You're sure to love this toy!' Then let them have a go at creating a first draft of their advert. And don't forget the price!

Write a Toy Story


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